YOU DON’T HAVE TO HEAD FAR OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TO DISCOVER SOME PICTURE POSTCARD TREATS.
Quaint, quirky and surrounded by nature, charming UK towns evoke memories of childhood stories, like Enid Blyton’s, The Famous Five.
Explore seaside caves with the ghosts of smugglers, hang out with locals at traditional pubs, hike along hilltop trails and find antique treasures at sleepy markets.
Most of all, get ready to have your socks charmed off.
Winding, traffic-free streets, pretty cottages and a sparkling bay add to Polperro’s timeless, fishing village appeal.
Once a smuggling hotspot in the 18th century, the town now brims with handcrafted goods and fresh seafood restaurants.
Swim in the tidal sea pool, explore nearby beaches, visit art galleries and thoroughly embrace the relaxed pace of life.
Bakewell is a small market town, with a whole lot going on. It’s located on the River Wye, in the heart of the Peak District.
The Bakewell Show is just one of many attractions in the town’s yearly calendar, but you’ll enjoy gardens, museums, pubs, cafes, quirky shops and arts and crafts, no matter when you visit.
Ice-creams, fish and chips and adventure-activities make Weymouth a top spot for traditional, seaside holidays.
Life’s all about getting out and about in the fresh air here, with cycling, horseback riding, boating and walking.
Combine fun activities with golden sand, a deckchair and clear waves lapping at the shore and you’ll be planning your next trip, before you’ve even left.
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When a town is populated with artists, musicians and celebrities, chances are you’ll find inspiration there too.
Ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages attract tourists and film crews alike, with backdrops like dramatic Bodiam Castle.
Perched on a hill, the town’s medieval streets are dotted with shops, galleries and restaurants, among beautifully preserved buildings.
You don’t have to miss out on the sea either, with the golden sands of Camber close by.
Cobbled streets wind down to a quaint harbour surrounded by historic fishing cottages, in pretty Crail.
Situated in East Neuk of Fife, time slows down as you eat ice-cream and watch fishing boats rock on the water.
Explore the heritage centre, local shops, tearooms and galleries. Most of all, just sit with the vibe of peace and serenity.
Defined by its fairytale castle familiar to Harry Potter fans as the location for Hogwarts, Alnwick was recently voted one of Britain’s best places to live. This bustling medieval market town also boasts one of the world’s tallest tree houses and one of the UK’s largest bookshops.
Nestled in the Suffolk countryside, Framlingham is a perfect slice of country living. Market Hill sits at the heart of town, boasting stores overflowing with goods for treasure hunters.
History-lovers descend on the 12-century castle, surrounded by lush parkland and estates.
This gorgeous town on the banks of the River Avon was the birthplace of the Bard, Shakespeare.
This 800 year old settlement still has many of the dwellings intact the great playwright would have known. You can visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall and if you’re lucky enough, see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform at the Swan Theatre.
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With its postcard-perfect port decorated with colourful houses, the capital of Mull oozes charm.
Walking, boating, fishing, golfing and whale watching are just a few of the attractions, but among the most popular.
Culture abounds, with the Mull Museum, the Marine Visitor Centre, art galleries and live music.
Overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast, Tenby is a seaside resort with cobbled streets, preserved old town walls, restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs.
Stroll along the coastal path for panoramic views, cruise to nearby Caldey Island and discover wildlife in the surrounding areas.
The UK’s most charming small towns quickly enchant and ensure you return for fish and chips, relaxation and picturesque history, time and again.
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